I’ve been holding this one up for quite a bit as my blog was turning into an LP archive but after switching up a bit here it is:
For those who don’t know. Norman Ives was a graphic designer former student of Josef Albers at the Yale University where he also began teaching afterwards.
During the mid-to-late 1950s he worked with Herbert Matter on numerous design projects, including work for the New Haven Railroad, and Knoll International.
He is mostly known for his collages, wall reliefs and silkscreen prints.
This cover here features his love for letterforms. This was probably some of his earlier work since it was produced in 1955 and he received his MFA degree in 1952. In any case this is merely one of the coolest record covers I have.
The Paper is off white and the letters are overprinted in a cool gray color and white ink which looks very nice against the paper. The letters aren’t perfectly shaped. If you get close they appear to have been drawn by hand almost like paper cut out. The only straight lines are on the letter A and H. Lots of white space. A great modern typographic approach to a classical record.
Design: Norman S. Ives | Year: 1955 | Photos: Javier García
Haydn Society Album Covers, 1955
Copyright 1955 by the Haydn Society, Inc.
Cover Design by Norman S. Ives